Our Team

Our Values

Firm beliefs, softly held.

We:

  • Start, small and scale.
  • Embrace complexity.
  • Act informed by experience.
  • Create space.
  • Center humans.
  • Recognize power.
  • Make the implicit explicit.
  • Pursue justice and seek liberation.
  • Do the work.

Accelerator Support Structures

The innovation Accelerator is an introduction to structured problem solving and community. We slow things down to speed things up. We use a mix of process improvement, nudging, and human centered design methods to rapidly deliver better results. In the Accelerator, you are responsible for your own growth and share in the responsibility for the growth of the community. The Support Structure team comes from the Accelerator community and have stepped up to build the bike lanes, keep the trains running, and stand up the core infrastructure for accelerating liberation.

Adrienne

Organizes and Facilitates Learning Circles

LinkedIn

Lover of books, learning, laughter, irreverence, joy, kindness, makeup, warmth, hygge, beauty, museums, nature walks, meditation, writing, pens, stationary, dancing, love, travel and dreaming.


“Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” — Patrick Lencioni

James

Organizes Accelerator Mentor Program, Facilitates Learning Circles

LinkedIn

I enjoy helping people! My favorite things to do are laughing until tears, working out, and learning.


“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

Michael

Creates enabling structures

LinkedIn

Serving as a resource and advocate for people making things better. Storyteller-in-training. Old student loves exploring, swimming, running, cycling, punning, and being in community.


“All that you touch
You Change.
All that you Change
Changes you.
The only lasting truth
Is Change.”
Octavia Butler


Patsy

Builds Accelerator Mentor Program, Facilitates Learning Circles

LinkedIn

Hispanic immigrant, mother of four monsters, who loves to play and coach sports, spend time in the woods fishing and hunting, lives life to the beat of her own drum, with fire.


“If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.” — Oscar Wilde

Sharon

Facilitates Learning Circles

LinkedIn

Curious and forever looking for my next adventure somewhere in the world I have yet to explore. Aspiring bread baker, goofy mom to two kiddos, lives for skiing and nature is what nourishes my soul.


“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” — Maya Angelou

Susanne

Writes Plain Language, Masters the web, Facilitates Learning Circles

LinkedIn

Things that bring me joy: walks and podcasts (often together), reuse, Bach, hand-sewing, tending my kitchen cultures, dirt therapy in my garden.


“There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen.” — Rumi


"Mo"

MOtivates the MoCo Herd

The Elephant in the Room

The one who gets things done. Makes change seem small, grows the herd, addresses the feeling in the room. Generally eaten one bite at a time and reminds us of all our senses. Tramples doubt. Gaze provides official recognition. Remembers our stories and trumpets them to the world.


“We are not problems waiting to be solved, but potential waiting to unfold.” — Frederic LaLoux


Accelerator Cooperative

Coming soon!


Leads Civic Design

We work with partner departments and teams to make government service delivery just, human, and liberating.

Amanda

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Working to link empathy with efficiency. People person. Champion of snail mail. Collector of passport stamps. Most likely found hiking, eating breakfast, practicing olympic lifting, or cooking for a full table of soon-to-be friends.


“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” — Mary Oliver

Nidhi

LinkedIn | Portfolio | Twitter

I apply people-centered design methodologies to reimagine civic engagement. An artist at heart, I attempt to bring people together to break down complex problems to co-create actionable solutions.


“What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe” — bell hooks


Sarah

LinkedIn

I am a Qualitative Research and Communications Designer who helps make public service more attuned to people’s needs. I began my public service career as an ethnographic researcher and ethnography is at the heart of my work.


“My humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.” — Desmond Tutu

Sheila

LinkedIn

You know the saying "think outside the box"? I've never seen the box. Nomad at heart. Foodie. Make-believe athlete. Helping communities find their superpowers.


“We do not just risk repeating history if we sweep it under the carpet, we also risk being myopic about our present.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Design X People - Civic Design Response Fellows

What if the people of government and the people of communities designed together? Meet Design BY People, a prototype of US Design Response. Civic Design Response Fellows volunteer to bring their skills to their government and people of government volunteer their problems and expertise. In 4-6 month engagements, we design government by people. We deliver results, not recommendations, build momentum not memos, and focus on delivery, not decks.

We're looking for designers, UX, content strategists, decision designers (applied behavioral science), agile project managers, and those looking to make an impact while growing their understanding and empathy.


Innovation Managers

Alyssa

LinkedIn

Passionate about community based solutions. Always looking to learn, grow, and change. Recreational park sitter who loves to read, drink copious amounts of coffee, make soup, and play guitar, softball, and tennis.


“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” — Angela Davis

Douha

LinkedIn

Recent graduate who’s hoping to help others! Likes sharing a good laugh and a good book. Also a fan of rugby and of course the community we all bring to each other.


“We have on this earth what makes life worth living" — Mahmoud Darwish


2021 Summer Fellows

Aden

LinkedIn

Lifelong student and avid learner, loves to hike, bike, and read.


“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” — N. Morris

Olivia

Messaging, media, and management

LinkedIn

Lover of classic novels, academic trivia, photography, language arts, and food!


“The task of a leader is to get [her] people from where they are to where they have not been.” — Henry Kissinger

Rachel

LinkedIn

Engaged learner passionate about addressing unmet needs. Aspiring yogi. Loves coffee in the morning, music at all times of the day, and exercising in the afternoons.


"...to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded." — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Rohan

LinkedIn

An empath, innovator, and problem solver that wants to make something that helps people in the ways they most need it. Basketball, tennis, longboarding, saxophone, art, hip-hop culture enthusiast.


“Without a struggle, there will be no progress.” — Frederick Douglass


Partner Organizations

Coming soon!


Alumni

Anna

DesignXPeople - Civic Design Response Fellow

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Advocate for community, sustainability, and envisioning more just futures. Impulsive cook. Vinyl enthusiast. Budding plant person.


“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.” — Toni Cade Bambara

Supreet (Preeti)

DesignXPeople - Civic Design Response Fellow

LinkedIn

Lifelong student, avid learner and reader. Martial Artist/Scientist. Lover of languages, arts, history, overall closet nerd. Budding hiker and ameateur model/dancer.


“Through Selfless Service, Eternal Peace Is Obtained” — Guru Granth Sahib p.125 (Sikhism)

Vianka

DesignXPeople - Civic Design Response Fellow

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Passionate about creative problem-solving for social good. Endlessly inquisitive. World travel enthusiast and a big fan of cold brew year round.


“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein